Category: Mac

Dangerous iPhone iOS JailBreak Exploit Goes Public

Dangerous iPhone iOS JailBreak Exploit Goes Public

Apple just released a patch for iOS that fixes the vulnerability that was being used by JailbreakMe website to exploit a weakness in PDF handling to Jailbreak the device. Shortly after that the developer...

JailBreaking AppleTV Running on iOS 4.1 – iPad/iPhone 4 Jailbreak Soon?

JailBreaking AppleTV Running on iOS 4.1 – iPad/iPhone 4 Jailbreak Soon?

Posts about the latest Jailbreak exploit/software for the new Apple devices are always pretty popular and this looks like it might turn out to be pretty interesting. It seems like at the moment the...

Sophos Launches FREE Anti-Virus Software For Mac

Sophos Launches FREE Anti-Virus Software For Mac

Well most Apple users would tell you they don’t need anti-virus anyway, viruses and malware are a Windows problem – not something the hi-tech hipsters need to worry about. And let’s face it, even...

PGP Users Locked Out With Latest OS X Update

PGP Users Locked Out With Latest OS X Update

For the past day or so I’ve been seeing endless people tweeting about how the latest Mac OS X update b0rks your Mac if you are using PGP full disc encryption. It’s a pretty...

Java Based Cross Platform Malware Trojan (Mac/Linux/Windows)

Java Based Cross Platform Malware Trojan (Mac/Linux/Windows)

It’s pretty rare to read about malware on the Linux or Mac OSX platforms and even more rare to read about cross-platform malware which targets both AND Windows by using Java. A neat piece...

Day One At Pwn2Own Takes Out Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari

Day One At Pwn2Own Takes Out Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari

Well it’s March again and well we love March because it’s Pwn2Own time! Every year around this time we get some goodies to discuss way back since: 2008 – Mac owned on 2nd day...

New to Mac? Four security tips you need to know

Mac OS X is a slick, easy-to-use operating system with an impressive record on security – and basic malware detection built in since 2009’s Snow Leopard update. While Macs have seen sales slowing in the past year, due largely to losing market share to their own stablemates, iPads, and other mobile devices, they’re a growing

Why Mac security product testing is harder than you think

As both Macs and Mac malware increase in prevalence, the importance of testing the software intended to supplement the internal security of OS X increases too. But testing security products on Mac is tricky, due to Apple’s own countermeasures. Can it be made easier?

Straight facts about Mac malware, threats and responses

Does your Apple Mac need antivirus software, or any other kind of security software? This question has been asked repeatedly over the years and I think the “correct’ answer has changed over time.

Spying on Tibetan sympathisers and activists: Double Dockster*

Does the expression ‘In the Wild’ still mean anything today? Well yes, in the sense of something that is ‘out there’ threatening real-world systems. But things move a lot faster these days than they did in the 90s and later, fastburning mass-mailers notwithstanding. Just a few days ago (on the 30th of November, to be

New Apple OS X Malware: Fake Adobe Flash Installer

New Apple OS X Malware: Fake Adobe Flash Installer

A new attack against Apple Mac OS X Lion (10.7) has been detected by Intego. The threat is a Trojan, dubbed Flashback, installed via a fake Adobe Flash installer downloaded from a third party site. As with the MacDefender and Revir malware, the Flashback attack uses social engineering to entice the user to download then

MacDefender undergoes a name change, MacShield

The MacDefender malware has morphed again, now taking the guise of “MacShield.”   As in the case of its oldest sibling MacDefender, the MacShield variant has taken the name of a legitimate Mac OSX software product with small distribution, doubtless causing the real developer significant heartache. The UI is essentially unchanged, but as usual all

MacDefender (now MacGuard) Can Install Without Credentials

The recent MacDefender Trojan has been receiving “rebranding” facelifts since it came out. It has now been deployed as MacProtector, MacDetector, MacSecurity, Apple Security Center, and there are no doubt more iterations to come. The malware has been updated, and now sports an improved UI that looks like a native Mac OSX application, unlike the

Your Computer Won’t Protect You

Your Computer Won’t Protect You

You may have seen some headlines today about a New Java Trojan that attacks Macs. It turns out that it also attacks Windows and Linux users as well. The Trojan pretends to be a video on Facebook. A user gets a message asking “is this you in this video” with a link. Upon clicking the

Mac Virus Resurgent

Mac Virus Resurgent

No, I’m not talking about a newly-discovered and virulent OS X upconversion of SevenDust or AutoStart 9805. Mac Virus is a site founded by Susan Lesch in the 1990s, when pre-OS X Mac-specific malware was still a serious issue – AutoStart in particular caused significant damage back then – and cross-platform macro viruses were also a major

Not all Mac users are naive about security

Not all Mac users are naive about security

I’m often exasperated by blinkered mindsets in the Mac community, of the security-related kind that Randy highlighted in a recent blog. You might have picked up a certain irritation in some of my blogs around the end of last month relating to Snow Leopard and malware detection, too. So it was refreshing to come across a light

Mac Malware (again)

Mac Malware (again)

An interesting comment was made to my last blog on Snow Leopard, Mac malware and all that. I’ve approved the comment, but since people who read the blog earlier won’t necessarily go back to see what comments it’s attracted, I’ll answer it here, at more length. Mac User said that “Currently, the only way to get

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